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After Election Day:
Latino Candidates and
Voter Impact
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Dirksen Senate Office Building - Washin...
Former Speaker of the Florida House
of Representatives Marco Rubio (R)
decisively won a closely-watched three-
way race to...
Businessman Bill Flores unseated incumbent U.S Rep.
Chet Edwards (D) in Texas’ 17th Congressional
District.
Idaho State Re...
Francisco “Quico” Canseco unseated incumbent U.S Rep.
Ciro Rodriguez (D) in Texas’ 23rd district in a race that was
closel...
Number of Latinos in
U.S. House of
Representatives
Prior to Election
Number of Latinos in
U.S. House of
Representatives
Af...
Latinos in Statewide Offices
District Attorney Susana Martinez (R) won her battle
against Lt. Governor Diane Denish (D) to...
• Hawaii and Missouri were among the states that gained one
state senator.
• In lower state houses, there were was no net ...
Number of Latinos
in State Senates Prior to
Election
Number of Latinos in
State Senates After
Election
DEM GOP DEM GOP
Tot...
Latino Voter Impact in Key Races
Colorado– U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D) narrowly won his
reelection bid, after strong c...
Latino Voter Impact in Key Races
California, U.S. Senator – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer won her
reelection bid against form...
• Will there be an impact from the Republican
sweep – including Latino Republican
legislators – on the future of policy is...
Arturo Vargas
Executive Director
NALEO Educational Fund
1122 W. Washington Blvd., 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 74...
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The impact of Latino voters and Latino candidates in the 2010 midterm election. Presented by Arturo Vargas, Executive Director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund for the Congressional Town Hall Meeting Nov 18, 2010

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  • The 112th Congress that convenes next January will have a record number of Latino Republicans in the U.S. House, and a new member in the U.S. Senate

    Raul Labrador is the first Latino in Congress from Idaho. Representative Jaime Herrera is Washington state’s first Latina to represent the state in the U.S. Congress, defeating businessman Danny Heck. 
  • Raul Labrador is the first Latino in Congress from Idaho. Representative Jaime Herrera is Washington state’s first Latina to represent the state in the U.S. Congress, defeating businessman Danny Heck. 

    Several of these candidates successfully ran in districts which do not have Latino majorities, demonstrating that Latinos are able to run in non-Latino districts and can have broad appeal across all ethnicities and communities. 
  • The result of the race between Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D) and R. Blake Farenthold (R) is yet to be determined.  Unofficial results show Ortiz is trailing 797 votes, and he has requested a recount.
  • Also, this is the first time we have two Republican Latino governors serving at the same time.
  • Overall, net gains at the State Senate level were modest.

    The number of Latino State Senators increased from 64 to 66 -- 60 Democrats and 6 Republicans.

    Several of these candidates successfully ran in districts which do not have Latino majorities – Hawaii, Missouri and Nevada -- demonstrating that Latinos are able to run in non-Latino districts and can have broad appeal across all ethnicities and communities. 

    Texas experienced the largest gain of Latino Republicans. (5)

    In Maryland, State Delegate Víctor Ramírez becomes the first Salvadoran-American in the State Senate. 

    [PHOTOS: Maryland and Hawaii state capitol buildings]
  • Of the 180 Latino State Representatives, 147 are Democrats, 33 are Republicans. 
  •  
    According to NCSL estimates, Republicans will have unilateral control over the re-drawing of 195 Congressional districts, and Democrats will have unilateral control over the re-drawing of 45 districts.
  • Transcript of "NALEO: After Election Day - Latino Cadidates and Voter Impact"

    1. 1. After Election Day: Latino Candidates and Voter Impact Thursday, November 18, 2010 Dirksen Senate Office Building - Washington, D.C.
    2. 2. Former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Marco Rubio (R) decisively won a closely-watched three- way race to represent Florida in the U.S. Senate, against Florida Governor Charlie Crist, who left the Republican Party to run as an Independent, and U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek (D). Latinos in Congress
    3. 3. Businessman Bill Flores unseated incumbent U.S Rep. Chet Edwards (D) in Texas’ 17th Congressional District. Idaho State Rep. Raul Labrador unseated incumbent U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick (D) in Idaho’s1st district. Washington State Rep. Jaime Herrera (R) won a competitive race for the open 3rd Congressional District seat. Latinos in Congress
    4. 4. Francisco “Quico” Canseco unseated incumbent U.S Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D) in Texas’ 23rd district in a race that was closely-watched across the nation. Latinos in Congress The Florida 25th Congressional district seat held by incumbent U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R) will be represented by Florida State Rep. David Rivera (R), following a challenge from Joe Garcia (D), who formerly served as Executive Director of the Cuban American National Foundation.
    5. 5. Number of Latinos in U.S. House of Representatives Prior to Election Number of Latinos in U.S. House of Representatives After Election DEM GOP DEM GOP Total (Rep. Ortiz loses) 20 3 17 7 Total (Rep. Ortiz wins) 20 3 18 7 Latinos in Congress
    6. 6. Latinos in Statewide Offices District Attorney Susana Martinez (R) won her battle against Lt. Governor Diane Denish (D) to become Governor of New Mexico. Governor-elect Martinez is the first female and the first Latina elected to serve as the state’s Governor. Federal judge and former Nevada Attorney General Brian Sandoval (R) defeated Clark County Commission Chair Rory Reid (D) in the race to become Nevada’s next Governor. Sandoval will be Nevada’s first Latino Governor.
    7. 7. • Hawaii and Missouri were among the states that gained one state senator. • In lower state houses, there were was no net change in the number of Latino legislators. • In Nevada, the number of Latinos in the State Assembly increased from four to seven. • In Colorado, three new Latinos were elected to serve in the General Assembly, bringing the state house’s Latino delegation up to five members. • New Mexico saw a net loss of two Latino State Representatives. • In Texas, there was a loss of six Democrats, and a gain of five Republicans. Latinos in State Legislatures
    8. 8. Number of Latinos in State Senates Prior to Election Number of Latinos in State Senates After Election DEM GOP DEM GOP Total 56 8 60 6 Number of Latinos in State Lower Houses Prior to Election Number of Latinos in State Lower Houses After Election DEM GOP IND DEM GOP IND Total 152 27 1 147 33 0 Latinos in State Legislatures State Senates State Lower Houses
    9. 9. Latino Voter Impact in Key Races Colorado– U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D) narrowly won his reelection bid, after strong competition from former Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck. According to some analyses, Bennet garnered 81% of the Latino vote, playing a critical role in his success2. Nevada –U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) faced an extremely competitive reelection campaign against former Nevada Assemblymember Sharron Angle. His success is widely attributed to the Latino vote, which may have moved in his favor as a result of Angle’s strong anti-immigration stance. Some estimates suggest Reid garnered up to 90% of Latino votes1. 1&2 Latino Decisions 2010 Election Eve Poll
    10. 10. Latino Voter Impact in Key Races California, U.S. Senator – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer won her reelection bid against former-Hewlett Packard CEO, Carly Fiorina. Latino voters played a critical role in her success – estimates suggest 65% of Latinos supported Boxer, and comprised 22% of all voters1. California, Governor – California State Attorney General Jerry Brown defeated former E-Bay CEO Meg Whitman, in a hard- fought battle for Governor. Many attribute Brown’s success among Latino voters – 64% according to one poll1 – to controversy surrounding Whitman’s stances on immigration. 1 2010 Midterm Election National Exit Poll (NEP)
    11. 11. • Will there be an impact from the Republican sweep – including Latino Republican legislators – on the future of policy issues important to Latinos? • What will be the impact – if any – of the partisan composition of state legislatures and governorships on the redistricting process, and opportunities for Latinos? • What will the role of the Latino voter be in the 2012 Presidential election, and beyond? Looking Forward
    12. 12. Arturo Vargas Executive Director NALEO Educational Fund 1122 W. Washington Blvd., 3rd Floor Los Angeles, CA 90015 (213) 747-7606 www.naleo.org www.yaeshora.info
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